Jennifer Lopez just announced ... she will NOT be returning to "American Idol" next season.
JLo said, "I honestly feel like the time has come that I have to get back to doing the other things that I do. Something has to give" ... adding, "We had an amazing run."
Lopez made the announcement a day after Steven Tyler bailed from the show. And there is a strong buzz that Randy Jackson may not be coming back either, leaving Ryan Seacrest the last man standing on the show, which has lost a third of its ratings in the last year.
Obviously, producers now have to make a decision that will make or break the show.